Did you think I'd make a Sideshow Bob page without talking about the man who gave him his downright handsome voice? No way!

(Bob: Handsome?!

Cecil: Ha-ha, she likes you!

Bob: Maybe you aren't ALL bad... wait, no, just creepy, nevermind.)

I'm pretty sure you know who Kelsey Grammer is, but I'm gonna tell you some stuff about this very talented dude anyway, that you probably never even knew.
one and the same!

Kelsey Grammer is the first actor in television history to perform the same famous role of Dr. Frasier Crane, for nearly two decades (not to mention winning several Emmy awards for it). Over the years, Frasier Crane has become one of television's most endearing and enduring characters, rooting from the 1984 sitcom "Cheers", to a cameo on "Wings", to his own series "Frasier" (1993). In addition to his Emmys, Grammer has won two Golden Globe awards, two American Comedy awards and a People's Choice awards for his portrait. "Frasier" has ended production, but he'll always have that much beloved name attached to him.

Grammer's distinctive voice has been heard and is known for as the evil Sideshow Bob (Simpsons), where he took on the role in 1990 in his first episode, "Krusty Gets Busted". Since then he's appeared as a regular guest as the remarkable, and somewhat fitting (on Bob's refined, loveable side), character.
His voice is known to be unique, cultured, and sophisticated. Unlike most of the other "Simpsons" cast members who change and transfer their voices to different sounds for their characters, Kelsey does not have to for Sideshow Bob. If you've heard Kelsey Grammer speak, you'll know what I mean. ^^



'Simpsons' staff perspective

Executive producer George Meyer says: "Writing for Kelsey is great. He can give the kind of purple, florid, melodramatic speeches that most of the [Simpsons] characters would never give. And he can sing."

Nancy Cartwright, in her recent autobiography, talks: "...I glance over at Kelsey and it's like a tennis match, all heads swinging over to catch his reaction. He laughs, we crack up. This is the power of a star. He is the one who sets the tone for the room. And from that moment on, we had a blast. Every single page had about three or four good laughs on it, and every single time, I found my eyes slipping to check out Kelsey's reaction. [insert of Bob's first speech from Krusty Gets Busted] By the end of this, we were all in stitches. Kelsey had put his own personal 'voice-print' on this character and no one could take it away from him! He was bitter, sardonic and sarcastic and all to the delight of everyone in the room. There was no doubt about it, Kelsey had made his place in the family Simpson...er, I should say, Kelsey and his own personal one-man fan club, Sideshow Bob."
"Sideshow Bob has since appeared six more times...I guess I wasn't the only one impressed!"

Matt Groening says: "Sideshow Bob is a man of great education and culture, but he is still consumed with the most bizarre, arbitrary hatred of Krusty and Bart. Every time he gets out of jail, he goes after the same people, over and over. You'd think he would be smarter than that, but no."

Alf Clausen says: "He is so great. He's just amazing. You can tell he has this love of musical theater and he has the vocal instrument to go with it, so I know whatever I write is going to be sung the way I've heard it."

David Mirkin says that though Grammer is very pleasant to work with, has a great sense of humor and does perfect readings; however, he has trouble doing Sideshow Bob's signature evil laugh.

Al Jean says: "His voice is so rich," and that Grammer is his second-favorite guest star.


On the personal side
Grammer was born Allen Kelsey Grammer on February 21st, 1955 in St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands and was raised by his mother and grandfather, first in New Jersey, and then in Florida. After the death of his grandfather later on, the 12-year-old Grammer was drawn to the works of William Shakespeare, which fostered his love of the English language and fine arts. With starring in high school play productions, performing in regional theatres, and even some Broadway pieces, he pursued acting as a career.

Grammer and his wife, Camille Donatucci, live in the Los Angeles area with several pets. He continues to perform as one of the most popular actors we know today.

also see:
kelsey live
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